Sunday, March 2, 2008

The New Bacolod Silay International Airport

As you land in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, fondly called the "City of Smiles", a new and spanking airport greets you. Finally, after a long wait, the new Bacolod Silay International Airport is now open and operational, welcoming guests, tourists, balikbayans, Negrenses and the like.

The new airport is located in Silay City, not far from Bacolod, once known as the "Paris of Negros Occidental". Silay is known for its old houses which attest to the grandeur and victory of the opulent sugar industry long before the great depression of the 80's.

Now, the new international airport serves the general area of Bacolod City, the capital city of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. This airport replaced the Bacolod City Domestic Airport located in Bacolod City proper. The Bacolod-Silay City International Airport inherited its IATA and ICAO airport codes from the former.

The airport is located 15 kilometers northeast of Bacolod City on a 181-hectare site in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City. The airport is the 3rd international airport in the Visayas and the 2nd international airport in the Western Visayas region, after Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Iloilo International Airport, and the 1st international airport built on the island of Negros.

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